By plane (and then into Venice), Venice
After you get your luggage at the airport, you will go in to a large area - the arrival lounge. You will turn left as you go through the doors. Look for the Avis rental counter. Look to your right and there is a small kiosk with the ACTV office. Between fatigue and the crush of people, I would never have found the office without prior knowlege. You can buy both your bus ticket to go to Plaza Roma (?3E) and your ticket for the vaporetto down the Grand Canal (5E). Cash only. Also, they will offer you passes first. Think about your needs before you get there. We knew that we would be traveling roughly 22 hours by the time we got to Venice. We would be too tired to go any where and we didn't want to "waste" one day of a vaporetto pass. To find the bus, go outside and stand at the curb. If there are two of you, one stand with the luggage and the other go find bus #5. We luckily boarded as the bus pulled in and we found room in the luggage area and a seat! The bus loaded up to the point of bursting! It looked like a Japanese subway car. The bus took about 25 minutes and stopped at several places. It was a nice transition. We saw Italy from the ground level and we were able to adjust to hearing so many different languages.
At Plaza Roma, you will walk toward the canal side. At first, it looks chaotic. Take a deep breath and look for the yellow vaporetto enclosures. When you find your vaporetto line, (most likely #1 which will travel down the Grand Canal), validate your ticket in the yellow box, and go into the enclosed waiting area. When the boat arrives and ties up, you will wait for the passengers to disembark, then you will get on. Easy!
This is a great way to get from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. I guess it also the most fitting way since Venice is known for its water!
The red line takes you from a pier at the airport to Murano Museo. From there, it proceeds on to Lido (S.M.E.). It then continues onto Arsenale, Piazza San Marco, and then Zattere on the Giudecca Canal side of Dorsoduro.
There are two blue lines that will take you other routes. One takes you to Murano Colonna, Fondamenta Nove, San Zaccaria and then San Marco. The other blue line shuttles between San Marco and Stazione Marittima.
COST: From airport to San Marco - 10€ ; check their website for other destinations and costs of tickets.
About 15-20 min after the arrival of your flight, there's a ATVO--bus that takes you from the arrival hall directly to Piazzale Roma, in the centre of Venice. A one-way ticket costs 5 euro, 9 euro for a return ticket (prices September 2007). The ride takes about 70 min. As soon as you arrive at the Piazzale Roma, you can take a vaporetto to get into the historical part of Venice, where most of the hotels are situated.
I was very nervous about arriving in Venice, and figuring out the vaporettos. It is not as bad as it sounds. After collecting your luggage, find the Alilaguna ticket booth located in the airport. The price (currently) is 10 euros. After purchasing tickets, the clerk will direct you to the free shuttle bus. The bus will bring you to the floating dock to wait for the next boat. They run pretty regularly (every 20-30 minutes). Check out the web site to see their list of stops. If your hotel is not one of them, you will need to transfer from San Marco to one of the lines that handle the Grand Canal.
The only sensible way to get from Marco Polo airport to Venice is to use the "Alilaguna" water bus service.
Buy a ticket from the kiosk in the arrivals area, then take a free bus across the airport to the landing jetty.
Ignoring the touting water taxis, (that could cost anything up to 100 euros - although when you discover the price of a gondola this will seem like a bargain), wait for either the red or blue Alilaguna boats. These are 2 different routes that stop in different parts of Venice and surrounding islands, so check which is nearest to your over priced hotel.
Boats leave hourly, and cost from 5 to 10 euros depending on your destination.
Yippe ki yeh, as the website has full routes, timetables and price lists.
The airport is located off the SS14 airport road towards Trieste, in Tessero on the shore of the lagoon, only 8 kilometers from the center.
It is one the busiest in Italy with a yearly capacity of seven-million passengers. The attractive new terminal building has been put into operation in 2002. Extremelly elegant with an excellent design. Arrivals are on the ground floor while departures are on the upper floor.
The business class international lounge has good food/drinks, nice comfort, high speed internet access and an open terrace for very pleasant viewing of the aircraft and last lingering views of the beautiful city.
Public transport: Transfer to Venice is easy; although the blue ATVO bus (€ 3,00), a direct connection to Piazzale Roma, runs only every half hour at weekends. The orange bus ACTV No.5 (€1.00) is also a good option, but it has a lot of stops and reaching Piazzale Roma takes almost one hour.
Another option is to take the Alilaguna boats from the airport jetty: they are time-consuming (one hour and a half) and expensive (€ 12,00 one-way) but take you directly to Piazza San Marco, which is a huge advantage.
Notice: Some airlines operate from the small airport of Treviso, which is 30 kilometres from Venice, but the transfer to Piazzale Roma by bus or train is well organized
IF YOU FLY TO VENICE BY WAY OF THE MARCO POLO AIRPORT.. WHEN YOU EXIT THE AIRPORT LOOK FOR THE # 5 BUS AND THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO VENICE FOR 3 EUROS..I NOTICED WHEN I STAYED AT THE HOTEL PRIMAVERA ,..THE BUS TICKET ONE WAY WAS 1EURO WHEN I BOUGHT IT AT THE DESK OF THE HOTEL. . MAYBE OTHER HOTELS WOULD DO THE SAME PRICE..
For most North Americans, flying to Italy means booking a ticket to Milan or Rome.
But Venice's Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) at Tessera, on the mainland just north of Venice, is a more convenient gateway for many travelers. We took a flight from Venice to London and greatly enjoyed it. The aerial view of Venice was breathtaking.
You'll see the beautiful city, with instantly recognizable landmarks like the Grand Canal and the Campanile San Marco. You'll see the Venetian Lagoon, the Dolomites and of course the Adriatic Sea.
It is a 20-minute road trip from the city's Piazzale Roma. Two different bus routes are available, and both are inexpensive. Bus ATVO (blue bus) is a direct connection from the airport to Piazzale Roma that takes about 20 minutes; buses leave every half an hour. The ticket costs €4 and includes luggage.
Bus ACTV No. 5 (orange bus) is a public transport bus and therefore makes several stops before reaching Piazzale Roma (it takes approximately 45min). The bus runs frequently between 4:05 a.m. and 12:10 a.m. The ticket is quite cheap - it costs around €1, but does not include luggage transport. You have to purchase an extra ticket for each suitcase you're carrying on the bus (the same price as for passengers). If you aren't carrying a lot of luggage and aren't traveling at rush hour, this public bus is a good way to reach the city.
You can also ride the boat from the airport to the Piazza San Marco for 10 € - and you'll get a sightseer's view of the Venetian lagoon during the 40-minute ride.
I travelled by Easyjet from East Midlands Airport to Marco Polo airport, Venice. I'd particularly wanted to arrive here rather than Treviso as I'd been told about the Vaporetta journey from the airport to San Marco. It sounded so romantic arriving in Venice on Christmas Eve by boat (even if it was just me on my own)
www.easyjet.com or www.skyscanner.com for flight details, prices etc.
I was lucky to get a bargain 24th to 27th December 06, return flight for just over £70.
The flight times are quite good -depart EMA at 13.10, arriving MPA at 16.25. Depart MPA 16.55 arriving EMA 18.15
As I had only Hand luggage, I was soon on my way to the Alilaguna waterbus stop for my journey to San Marco.
Luggage trolleys (50cent, 1 or 2 euro piece is needed to release the trolley, remember to retrieve this when you reach the Vaporetta)
Marco Polo is a pleasant airport with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants etc.
Exchange bureau, ATM's, car hire, hotel booking etc.
The walk to the buses, water buses, water taxis etc is well sign posted, it takes about 7 minutes to walk.
Taxis stop outside the airport exit.
UPDATE - I'm afraid that from January 2010, Easyjet no longer operate from East Midlands airport. We had already booked for 10 of us to travel this route at the end of January 2010-and had to travel from Gatwick.
Ryanair now fly East Midlands to Treviso, which I don't mind - (I've flown into Treviso before, and the transfer by train or bus is not much longer than the Marco Polo to Venice by Water bus route)
I have visited Venice several times now, the first few times arriving by train from another Italian city. More recently I have flown direct from London Gatwick to Marco Polo, Venice's main airport. I have travelled with Easyjet, and the flight takes around 2 hours.
Marco Polo is around 20-30 minutes drive from the centre of Venice. There is a shuttle bus that departs from the front of the terminal, or if you prefer to arrive in style, walk down to the dock and catch one of the public ferries, or even better, a water taxi.
Some budget airlines fly into Treviso airport, which is actually located about a 1 hour drive from the centre of Venice. You can catch a shuttle bus from here, which coincides with flight arrivals.
From directly outside the arrivals hall at Venice Marco Polo Airport, you can catch a bus to the Piazzale Roma Bus Station in the city. Tickets are on sale from the driver and the fare is 3 euros. The journey takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. The bus station in the city is close to the Santa Lucia railway station but on the opposite side of the Grand Canal. You should be aware that wherever you want to go in Venice, there will be bridges to cross so if you're carrying heavy luggage, this could be a problem.
Public water buses run from the airport to various points in the city but the journey tends to be quite long and unless you are staying close to one of the stops, they are of limited use.
The most convenient way to arrive is by water taxi and many hotels have landing stages directly outside. However, they are rather expensive, with a one-way trip costing 90 euros. The 'taxi rank' is clearly signposted in the airport and is a short walk from the terminal building, along a covered walkway.
Only (cost-effective) way to get around Venice (besides walking ).
#1 stops at all stops on the Venice island Grand Canal and goes to Lido;
#82 is the express that only stops at the main vaporetto stations (Accademia, Rialto, San Marco, etc.)
Another alternative if you just want to get across the Grand Canal are the traghetties (small gondola ferries) but you end up standing in a gondola.
Here's all the poop on the different Venice cards you can buy for vaporetto fares, some with bonus museum passes.
Here's the official VENICEcard homepage
I highly recommend the cards - super convenient.
I arrived to Venice by plane. Marco Polo is a little airport well communicated with the city. Just get out the airport and you will find the bus stop. Ask if it goes to the central bus stop and if it does get in. You can also get a ship but it takes long time.
Marco Polo is Venice's main airport, with flights from all over the world. Although you may be tired when you arrive, you should buy a transportation card (see other tip) right away - unless you are using the pricey water taxi service.
At the airport, locate a #5 bus stop. Then take the #5 bus all the way to Piazzale Roma in Venice. That'll take a good 40 minutes. From Piazzale Roma, catch whichever Vaporetto gets you closest to your accommodation, and finish by foot.
Be sure to validate your card in the bus. This will be the official start of your card's duration.
Arriving at Venice Marco Polo airport you have to take the bus or boat to Venice island.
From Treviso airport or other Italian cities it's convenient to go to Venice island by train, though you can also take a special shuttle bus from Treviso airport. By bus you will arrive at Piazzale Roma and by train at Santa Lucia station.
As soon as you arrive at the Piazzale Roma or Santa Lucia station, you can take a vaporetto to get into other parts of Venice. There is an extensive network of public transport with a frequent timetable. The most famous line is nr. 1, which goes from Piazzale Roma and the railwaystation all along the Canal Grande to the Lido.(http://www.atvo.it).